U.S. sanctions jeopardize the manufacture of a satellite for Angola in Russia

US sanctions may disrupt construction of communication satellite for Angola by Russia. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to a source in the rocket and space industry. The reason for the difficulties was the lack of permission for the delivery of American electronics from a European contractor.

“The U.S. does not give permission to the European company Airbus to deliver the payload module with relay equipment for the Angolan satellite AngoSat-2 to Russia because of the presence of the American electronic component base in it,” the source said.

U.S. sanctions jeopardize the manufacture of a satellite for Angola in Russia

According to the source, this is due to the fact that the U.S. since May 2021 has banned the supply of American space electronics in Russia, which fall under the requirements of export rules of goods and services of defense value ITAR.

According to the source, refusal to supply electronics will require revision of schematic solutions in the satellite and their agreement with the customer.

In 2009, Russia and Angola signed a contract to manufacture the AngoSat-1 communications satellite by the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. It was launched in December 2017, but the satellite soon became unreachable with interruptions, and then was lost altogether. “Roskosmos suggested that the Angolan government promptly develop AngoSat-2, which would be technologically superior to the first version.